Sam is in desperate need of a kidney and a live donor is her best chance of having a great outcome.
The process to become a donor is complicated, but very rewarding.
The First Step is to call the Hartford Hospital Living Kidney Transplant Coordinator,
Coleen Smart at 860-972-4219.
She will do an initial screening over the phone and provide you with a detailed package of information to apply and learn more about becoming a donor.
Am I qualified to be a kidney donor?
Kidney donors must be at least 20 years old. They need to be in good to excellent physical and mental condition, which will all be determined by an extensive screening process.
What does it cost me?
All of the medical costs are covered by Sam’s insurance. If you are from out-of-state, you will be provided Room, Board and Transportation expenses as well.
How long is the surgery?
The surgery itself is 3-4 hours.
How long is recovery?
Recovery time varies from person to person. Most people are out of the hospital in a week or less. You will be kept as comfortable as possible with medication during your recovery.
Can someone come with me?
Yes. One support person is allowed to come with you and their Room/Board will be covered as well.
What after-care will I be provided?
As with any surgery, there will be post-op visits. All visits will be covered by Sam’s insurance.
What are the long-term risks?
Being a kidney donor does not interfere with you life, past the initial surgery. It does not shorten your life or increase the change of getting kidney disease yourself.
I’m not eligible as an organ donor, but can I still help?
Absolutely! Thank you for even considering helping Sam. We are accepting monetary donations, to cover non-insured expenses. Simply send a check to:
TD BANK, SAMANTHA JEAN HALL, #8891
Heather Ellis, PO Box 163, Winchester, CT 06094.
We appreciate everyone who is taking the time to read this. If you are thinking about becoming a donor, please contact the Living Transplant Coordinator at Hartford Hospital.